Bunnie Powers

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, May 25, 1930
Date of Death:
Saturday, September 21, 2019
89 years old


Date: Tuesday September 24, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 am

Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church [ view map ]


Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, May 25, 1930
Date of Death:
Saturday, September 21, 2019
89 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, May 25, 1930
Date of Death:
Saturday, September 21, 2019
89 years old

Bunnie Powers

Bunnie Powers-Rochester

Our mom, 89, of Rochester passed away Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. at Charter House from a lengthy battle of Parkinson’s disease with her loved ones by her side.

Bunnie was born on May 25, 1930 in Bellchester, Minnesota. She was raised on the family farm on Pepin Hill in Wabasha, Minnesota and was a graduate of St. Felix High School.  Bunnie lived in Rochester her whole adult life and on June 11, 1955 she married James Powers at the St. Felix Church in Wabasha. James died in 2002.

In the 1950’s Bunnie worked in the business office at Mayo Clinic. When her sons, Joe and Cris opened the Canadian Honker Restaurant Bunnie worked there for over 30 years.

She was active in her church St. Francis of Assisi and belonged to the St. Joan of Arc CCW. Bunnie was a Eucharistic Minister, Lay Carmelite, and former member of The Serra Club and was on the Finance Committee at St. Francis Church. She also was also a member of the Apostle League at Prior Lake Retreat and a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary where she was a past president. Bunnie was a fundraiser for Guest House Bishops Reception; a cover girl for the Rochester Women’s Magazine and was famous for her coconut cake.

Bunnie enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, watching football especially the Vikings! She loved flowers and enjoyed reading to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her five children; Kelly Mechelke and Kerry Powers of Rochester, John Powers (Sue Ellen) of Centerville, Minnesota, Joe of Rochester and Cris (Roxanne) of Zumbro Falls,  12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, three sisters; Lorraine Nadler and Adelaide Edwards both of California and Margaret of St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Revs. James Berning and Timothy Reker officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church


The family of Bunnie Powers has received the following condolences.

Dear Powers Family,


Belated condolences to you all with Bunnie's passing.  She was a great friend to my Mom and she always was smiling and full of joy.  We will continue to remember her especially when we eat her famous cake.


Dan and Rita (Sell) Marquardt

To all of the Powers Family,

I just heard that Bunnie passed away on Thursday, the day after the funeral. I was out of town on the weekend and missed the news of her passing. I am so sorry I was not there Tuesday and Wednesday. I feel horrible. I so loved Bunnie, like everyone else in her fan club.  Bunnie was the best and the brightest. I was lucky enough to see her often in the Charter House area from time to time because of working over there once in awhile. I just saw her not very long ago and we had our usual fun chat. Please know that my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Bunnie and all of you. We were all so lucky to have known and loved such a beautiful and giving person.


Powers Family  - We were sorry to hear of Bunnies passing.  She was a wonderful lady.  We were unable to attend any of her services, but know you have been in thought and prayer.  Keep your memories  made close to your heart.  We will miss seeing her at St. Francis of Assisi gatherings. 

Pat and Jim Heydon






To the Powers family our condolences for the loss of your dear mother Bunnie 


So sorry for your loss. Bunny will be dearly missed. Sending prayers your way. 

                                     Thomas and Melenie 





Joe, Cris and family members,

So sorry for the loss of your Mother.  My Thoughts and Prayers are with you during these difficult days.  Bunnie was certainly a special lady and greeted everyone with a smile whether they came into the Honker or on the street.  My Great Niece was here last week for surgery and took several pieces of cake home with her.  God Bless your family.


Joe and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your wonderful Mom. She was such a joyful person, and always made others feel special and welcomed. As you grieve her loss, I hope you are comforted by the countless positive memories you have of her. 

Sending sympathy and prayers to the entire Powers Family!  Sorry we could not be there for the services.  Bunnie was a beautiful lady - inside and out!   She was always so gracious and humble!  It always amazed us how many people she could greet by name and make each one feel so special.  And she was always so proud of her family! Her smiling face will be missed! Hugs to you all!

Bill & Mary Ann Kleis

Powers Family, 

Our condolences with the passing of your mother and grandmother.   Bunnie leaves behind a great legacy of a life well lived.   Great life experiences, many friends and a wonderful family.   Remember the fond memories of the loving embrace that she shared with everyone that she came into contact with. 


David and Teresa Silker

La Crosse, Wisconsin



To Joe and the family. Our condolences for your loss. She truly was a part of our community.  

Powers family, we are so sorry for your loss of Bunnie.

she was indeed a special lady!

God bless you all at this difficult time. 

Jim and Pam Johnson 


So sorry for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Tom and Lori Buske

Kelly & Powers family,

Our family sends our deepest condolences during this difficult time. God Bless.

Dan & Tammy Buchanan 

so sorry to hear of Bunnies passing. I have such fond memories of her. What a great person. She always kind to everyone she came in contact with. I was lucky to know her.

You and your family are in our hearts and mind. Our condolences on the passing of your mother. 

Whenever I saw your mother, she was always smiling.  I will miss seeing her at Charter House.  My thoughts are with all of you.  Take care of each other.   

To Joe and the entire Powers family,

Please accept our deepest condolences.  Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.  May the Lord wrap His everlasting arms around all of you and give you peace as you remember the blessing of having Bunnie in your lives and the promise of a joyful reunion to come in Christ.  

Ron and Kathy Kasten


the Miller family wishes to send our sympathy to your loss of a  great lady who eyes sparkled when ever she saw someone who she knew. Always spread love and laughter!

We have so good memories of both her & Jim at family gatherings especially weddings or whenever .Our parents were close so our families  seem to have such fun knowing and

celebrating many events.

Jo Ann & Otto

so sorry for your family 

Bunnie was a special lady!

She will be missed!

Our deepest condolences to the Powers Family on the loss of Bunnie. What a lovely woman who touched so many lives in such a positive way. We are in Jerusalem this week and will offer prayers for her in this holy place.

Don and Sharon Hagler

I have known Bunnie almost all of my life (she was always proud to share that she was my Sunday school teacher) and I remember enjoying her baking long before it became famous (her coconut cake has no competition)!  I always enjoyed talking with her each and every time we met as she treated me like she had just seen me the day before - asking after my family, telling me about hers, and sharing a compliment or a sassy little joke to make my day.  It is an end of an era for the Powers family, however, her kind and giving spirit (with that big smile) will long live not only in her family but in many of us that she touched along the way.

Thanks for sharing her with us and Godspeed on your next journey, Bunnie!

“…and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand”

Powers Family, I am so sad to hear about the passing of the wonderful and beloved Bunnie Powers. It was always so nice to run into Bunnie. She had a huge smile on her face and always was very happy. She was one of a kind, had a wonderful family and has left a great legacy here on this earth. I will always remember Bunnie and her smile. God Bless to Bunnie and the Powers Family. She is off to Heaven and will be the new ringleader of happiness there. We love the Powers and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Celebrate her wonderful life. God Bless - Mary Anne and Gerry Nonn

Gone to the heavens is one remarkable and sweet lady. Bunnie was a true gem and although I met her later in life, I thoroughly enjoyed her presence when I would visit the Honker with my folks while in Rochester. Her lovely smile, warm embrace, & tentative ear were always treasured. Our many shared conversations with plenty of laughter will always bring a smile to my face. Although she has left the physical realm, I know her beautiful spirit will live on in all those who were blessed to have known her. I extend  my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends at this time.



Sorry to hear of the loss of your great mother....Prayers n Thoughts

To the Powers family, our sympathies go out to you, so sorry for your loss of Mom Bunnie. With sympathy, Tom, Sharon and Sons.

We send our sincerest sympathy to your family. Bunnies is a gem and will always be in our hearts. 

Ray and Heidi Dunfee

To the Powers family my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She will be missed.

Joe and family

your mother was a great person. I always felt welcomed and appreciated. She and your Dad are walking with the angels. 

Bunnies was a wonderful person.  I was very fortunate to have met her.  Blessings!

Kerry & family.  I’m sorry to hear of Bunny’s death.  She was the “human tornado”, always on the go.  What a life lived to it’s fullest. Hugs & love sent your way.


Dear Powers family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was truly one of a kind.

Our sympathies to the Power's family. She was a great lady, and her cake is amazing. Hugs!😢

You all are part of my "growing up in the neighborhood" favorite memories.  I always thought she was one of the "Great Mom's" I had around me during those years.   My blessings to you all at this time.  <3


Gail (Polka) Arnold

Bunnie was the most wonderful person in the world. It was so great to see her at Canadian Honker. She always came and talked with you at your table. It was so comforting to see her with all the restaurant staff. God used her in such a beautiful way. 

The coconut cake was my favorite dessert at the restaurant. It showed her feminine side, mother side and mostly giving side. Thank you to all of her family for sharing her with us over the years. She is now with her wonderful mate!

So very sad to see that Bunnie has passed. What a wonderful woman, mother and kind soul. 


Bunnie became one of my dearest friends when I began working in the Mayors office in 1973.  Jim was on the City Council at the time and Bunnie and I shared many memorable times together at various functions held throughout the year.  She was always available to lend a helping hand.  She hosted an annual New Year’s Day gathering at their home for many years which everyone in town ( it seems) looked forward to attending.  It became a tradition to celebrate the onset of each New Year at Jim and Bunnie’s House.

I always admired Bunnie for her deep faith, love for her family and friends.  I can not recall her ever making a negative remark about another person....whether they voted for Jim or not!  She was always positive and upbeat, even in the most trying circumstances during these last years battling Parkinson’s Disease. She never complained and had nothing but praise for her doctors and caregivers and especially her children and grandchildren.  

I, along with her many, many friends will miss Bunnie ....... until we meet again.

Suzanne Norris



Rest in peace sweet Bunnie...Deepest sympathies and love to the family.  

Lovely lady. Rest in Peace.

Bunnie Powers will live on through her fine family and what she instilled in them, not to mention the ongoing legend of Bunnie Cake that will continue to bring happiness to Rochester and our guests for generations to come.  Peace and thank you Bunnie Powers.


  Sorry to hear of your mother's passing.

To the Entire Powers Family...So very Sorry for your loss...everyone loved Bunny! She was a very nice lady who made the best coconut cake in the world!!! God Bless you All! Sincerest Sympathy, Terri (Lawler) Drees and the Lawler Boys

No finer woman, the world over. I have so many special memories of conversations with Bunny. She was one of a kind and the beacon of the Canadian Honker. Her "Bunny Cake" was famous throughout the world. She once baked me a gigantic one for my birthday. This woman was kind to the core. So sorry to the family. I know you will miss her sweet guidance and unconditional love for all of you. May she join Jim in heaven and enjoy an eternal life in the arms of God. She earned it!

Bunnie modeled her faith with grace and inspired me. I am sorry for your loss. 

Bunnies Powers was one of the most loving women I have ever met. I spent a lot of my high school years at the Powers home. She truly was like another mother to me. She will be missed here on Earth, but will be welcomed by many in Heaven. Michele & I send our love and sympathies to the entire family. Dave Vanderburg

i am so saddened to hear of Bunnies passing.  She was such a wonderful woman.  I have great memories of Bunnie and Jim stopping at my in-laws after a round of golf. She will be missed by many.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her entire family.  Linda(Peter) Murphy 


I’m so sorry for your great loss. 

Powers Family......I am so very sorry for your loss.  Bunnie was wonderful...always a kind word and a smile.  Hugs to all of you and keeping you in my prayers.

We are very sad to hear of Bunnie’s passing, she was such a sweet lady and made friends with everyone she met.

Bunnie was a sweetheart and such a beautiful soul. I recall when i worked as an Assistant manager at Peck and peck she would have me be her wardrobe consultant to help her get ready for trips or any activity she was involved in. She was one of my favorite people! An her famous coconut cake! Gosh such a dear treasure for us all to lose. My condolences to the family and prayers during this time. Heaven has gained another precious Angel.

She was a lovely lady. You have gained a special guardian angel.

Not very often in my lifetime have I ever met someone with a more infectious smile and overwhelmingly positive presence. I am so honored to work in a building that Bunnie put so much of herself into. Everytime you walk into the Canadian Honker you can feel the love, and a lot of that love comes from her and what she put into the world around her.

To all the Powers, I wish you so much peace and happiness. You are an incredibly generous and hard-working bunch, due mainly because of the influence Bunnie played in your lives. You are all in my thoughts, and in my heart.

Love, Michelle and James Provance

To Bunnie’s family. 

My condolences are with you on the loss of your Mom. Bunnies was a wonderful lady, she was so kind and friendly. 

I was a care taker at Charter House and helped in her care. She was a very loving person. I left Charter House in October of 2017 and did miss her after I left. I moved to Florida in November of 2017, and was only able to visit her once since then. 

I know you will all miss that wonderful mom of yours. Bless you for all the love you gave her. 

My prayers and love are with Bunnie and to you her family. 


So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May God be with you to console and guide you through this difficult time.Gods Blessings 

Rest in peace Bunnie, May god bless you & your beautiful family. 

Kammi Books & family

My sympathy to all of the members of the Powers family.  Bunny was a Special Lady in so many ways and a great friend to the Carlson/Clayton families.  She will be greatly missed.  Some are players and some are spectators in the Rochester, Minnesota community.  Bunny was a player for sure.  We, as well as the entire Rochester, Minnesota community are better because of her and the efforts of the Powers Family.  God Bless.  

My sincere sympathy to you all. I hope you all find comfort in your memories.

On behalf of the Trusty family peace and Blessings. Rest in peace  Bunnie. God Bless You All.  Jeanne Vehrenkamp

What a great lady! Did you ever see Bunnie without a smile on her face? She was always so gracious, kind and loving.

Any chance, now that Bunnie has passed, that the recipe for that famous cake will be given out? (naw I don’t think so). But let’s celebrate her life anyway!😘 Love you Bunnie.

Tim Sitzer and Margi Sitzer